On the controversial MTV television series Skins, actress Sofia Black-D’Elia plays Tea, the 16-year-old, openly gay cheerleader who is as big a mystery to herself as she is everyone else. This wild card is as beautiful and confident as they come on the surface, but also has the same self-doubt that is normal for any teenager her age.
During a recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Sofia Black-D’Elia talked about being a fan of the BBC series that Skins was adapted from, the honor of working with the original show’s creator, bonding with her co-stars, how she loves Tea’s honesty, dealing with the criticism that the show has already received, and being a role model for other teens looking to be confident in their own sexuality. Check out what she had to say after the jump:
The pilot of Skins US is virtually the same as the first episode of Skins UK. Beat by rambunctious beat. But the opening scene is slightly altered for MTV. In Skins UK, we are introduced to Tony in bed before a morning workout set to Chingy’s “Right Thurr.” Skins US has the same scene, but instead kicks off with a shot of Tony’s younger sister outside in a snowfall set to Animal Collective’s “My Girls” — by far the more beautiful song choice.
Skins is about what you think it’s about: teens who party, drink, get high. But the father/son team of Bryan Elsley and Jamie Brittain — who created the original and run the adaptation — are earnest in their efforts to show the beauty and confusion of being a teenager alongside the recklessness. It’s like a more provocative My So Called Life. And I take “My Girls” as a proclamation that, yes, Skins US will continue to strive for the beautiful moments that Skins UK achieves at its best. My review of four of the first five episodes after the break: